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Current responsibilities
Mr. Speni is primarily based in our downtown Fort Worth office and specializes in retail tenant and landlord representation. As a specialist, he engages in both high growth new store rollouts and existing store portfolio management. On the agency team, he represents institutional owners of open air shopping centers. He also assists in developer acquisitions across all commercial products. With the assistance of a cutting edge research team, he performs market analysis for new stores and relocations, conducts corporate site tours, negotiates leases and works to ensure that store openings are timely and within budget. As an extension of a client’s internal real estate department, Austin is responsible for efficiently managing their real estate portfolio needs and ensuring strategies are aligned with their business objectives.

Experience
Mr. Speni joined Jones Lang LaSalle in January 2016 bringing over 15 years of business experience including investment sales, corporate restaurant site selection, start-up business success, commercial development and lending.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Austin worked as a loan originator with Nola Lending in New Orleans. His additional experience includes building a successful sport related retail, marketing and event company. From 2006 to 2008 he was an owner of the Tropical Smoothie Café in Lafayette, LA.

Education and affiliations
Mr. Speni has a B.A. in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors.